The Chapel Car Bride
Intriguing Glimpse into the Past by Bestselling Historical Author Judith Miller
With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.
Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?
Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Kansas.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
When one wants traveling faith, they should look back in time to this charming books idea. A chapel car. From the 1890’s to the 1940’s chapel cars were in transit, bring faith and the word of God to those to far from real cities, or in places that maybe couldn’t afford a minister. Now to Judith Miller’s characters Hope and Luke, these two make this story come to life.
Hope is the kindest female I have come across in a long time, her character stands for the Word and her father. She is charming with the children, giving them the stories of Jesus. If there was every a calling to a character it was found and claimed in Hope. Now she gets into a bit of a pickle, and Luke has only to fall in love to figure out that being with Hope is the best thing for him.
Luke will charm you, from the first moment buying fabric to his sleuthing for answers to some unsavory actions that happen. Luke fits what you look for, a man with faith seeking the love of a great woman. I really loved his nature that just came to life from the book. He is the bright light in the mining town, that is in need of Hope and Luke to stay and bring the light in.
This was a charming historical, fictional, romance with a christian setting. I was drawn in with all the elements and instantly traveling the rails, so until next time reads. All aboard!
Have you ever seen a chapel car?
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